The Key West Conchs lost 30-25 to Lake Weir Hurricanes last night after failing to convert the fourth down with under a minute to go.
After a quiet first quarter, Key West scored early in the second quarter. Minutes later at the 8 minute mark, Lake Weir let the ball fly and scored on a deep pass . The Hurricanes were unable to get the extra point and were down 7-6 mid 2nd quarter. With 1:39 left in the half, the Conchs went up 13-6 with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Damon Taylor. Lake Weir responded quickly by running the kickoff all the way back for a score. A successful two point conversion gave Lake Weir a 14-13 lead at the half.
Key West started off the second half by scoring early in the 3rd to go up five, 19-14. Turnovers were the difference in the 3rd. Damien Alvarez was able to intercept the football and get the Conchs’ offense back on the field. Key West was able to take advantage of the interception and score with 5:03 left in the 3rd. The Conchs went up 25-14. Lake Weir, however drove the ball up the gut of the Key West defense and was able to score with 20 seconds left in the game. Heading into the fourth, Key West had the lead 25-22.
On the kickoff, the Conchs’ special teams coughed up the ball and just minutes into the fourth quarter Lake Weir was able to take the 30-25 lead over Key West. Minutes passed as both teams struggled to produce offense in the fourth. Milking the clock with under five minutes left in the game, Lake Weir was forced to punt.
The Conchs’ offense took the field with 1:05 left in the game down five. Trying to throw the long ball, Key West threw a pass right into the defender’s hand. What seemed like the game ending play was called back due to pass interference by Lake Weir with 47 seconds left. Key West had one last chance on Lake Weir’s 30 yard line but came up empty handed on the final 4th down. Lake Weir simply kneeled the ball and the game ended in a Hurricanes 30-25 victory.
Key West will be traveling next week as they go up north to play University School in Fort Lauderdale.